Therapy Issues

Pre- and Post-Natal Trauma

Right now, as a result of your unresolved pre- and post-natal trauma, you may be experiencing…

  • Persistent rumination and flashbacks about the experiences you went through in the pre- and post-natal days.
  • Distress when exposed to triggers including hearing about conception stories, pregnancy, easy breastfeeding experiences, abundant post-partum care, and more. 
  • Difficulty bonding with your child. 
  • A low mood, anxiety, and hypervigilance.
  • Memory gaps, not being able to remember parts of your experience.

You’re realizing that your pre- and post-natal trauma is unresolved and it’s getting in the way of your life…

  • You want to feel bonded and connected to your child and to your partner, but you just can’t seem to do so. 
  • You can’t imagine going through the conception, pregnancy, or postpartum experience again, despite wanting another child. 
  • You’re avoiding reminders of your painful experiences – looking at photos, videos, or even having conversations about that time. 
  • Your mood has been negatively affected and you’re living with marked anxiety and depression that wasn’t there before your pre- and post-natal trauma experiences.
  • You feel shame and guilt for not being able to think well or fondly about your early parenting journey and avoid the topic as much as possible.

You’re wondering…

  • I’ve heard of birth trauma, but does pre and post-natal trauma count?
  • Shouldn’t I be over this by now?
  • I have good support around me; why am I still so unhappy?
  • Everything turned out okay in the end – my child is here; why am I still responding this way?
  • Will I have to talk about all the details and re-live it again? Why should I do that?

You’re longing for…

  • An ability to think back on your pre- and post-natal experience and not feel profound distress, sadness, and regret.
  • The experience of feeling bonded to your baby.
  • Acceptance and compassion and less guilt for having been less than present for their early life because of your own mental health struggles.
  • Acceptance and integration of what happened
  • The ability to trust the medical establishment again.

What you’re longing for is possible.

At Evergreen Counseling, we have a staff of seasoned, evidence-based therapists skilled in treating pre- and post-natal trauma.

How we can help you

By pursuing therapy for pre- and post-natal trauma, you can imagine the following:

Before Therapy After Therapy

You’re having a doubly hard new parenting experience - the inherent challenges of sleep deprivation and change coupled with trauma symptoms.

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You have a more “normative” new parenting experience, a reduction of the trauma symptoms to allow more of you to be available for your parenting.

You feel disconnected from your baby and ashamed of how you feel.

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You feel more connected, more bonded, and more compassion towards yourself for your experiences.

Exposure to triggers of your pre- and post-natal trauma overwhelms you and causes you great distress.

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You can face your triggers and not be distressed.

You have recurring, negative, and persistent intrusions about the experience(s) you went through.

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You don’t experience mental intrusions of painful events anymore. And, if you do, they don’t cause you as much distress.

What if I’m Not Ready?

If you don’t feel quite ready to book a complimentary consult call yet, that’s completely fine.

We don’t want you to feel pressured and we know that the choice to seek out therapy can feel difficult.

Part of you wants to do it, and another part of you is, perhaps, scared to begin because of the feelings you might have to finally feel.

Or a part of you questions whether or not you can even be helped at all.

Whatever the reason, no matter how ready or not ready you feel to begin therapy, we want you to have the information you need to make an informed choice.

So, to that end, please explore the additional information below to learn more about us and how we can help you.

We’ll be here whenever you’re ready to reach out for support.

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